|Ettore Olivero Pistoletto- San Remo Mimose, 1934|
I put quite a bit of time and thought (and sometimes money) to find the right artwork to accompany my perfume posts. Translating smell into words requires some bending and maneuvering* and the perfect image can help greatly. Sometimes, I find, it can actually help you write. Even the search for the image itself becomes part of the process, distilling the way I experience a scent into a clear picture. Case in point: the latest Jo Malone perfume, Mimosa & Cardamom.
It's a nice perfume. It's especially nice if you love mimosa. From the opening notes you get that old Jo Malone feeling of a really really well made soliflore (as described perfectly by Victoria of Bois de Jasmin). I should be completely in love with Mimosa & Cardamom but I'm not, and the best way for me to explain why is through the still life paintings I chose. The one at the top of the post is how I perceive this perfume from start to finish, my final impression of it: attractive, full of mimosa sunshine (the opening is a touch citrusy), light and lightness, yet still offers a good amount of substance.
|Moise Kisling, Vase of Mimose, 1952|
A major part of Mimosa & Cardamom is just too clean. I love my mimosa heavier and honeyed. My favorite example is the limited edition Givenchy Harvest 2007 Amarige Mimosa (while I never liked Annick Goutal's Le Mimosa). It's obviously a matter of taste and expectations, born from my preference for heavier fragrances. There's a water infusion thread that runs through Jo Malone's mimosa (identified by Victoria in the review I linked above as cucumber and violet). It bothers me too much. The linearity of this stage makes it too boring for too long. Not bad, not incompetent, just a bit dull. The same goes for the lack of actual cardamom. Instead we get something warm and buttery that feels smooth and pleasant in the dry-down, but it's not enough. At least not until the late dry-down when the spice is more evident and there's a hint of holiday baked goods that I enjoy greatly.
|Mimosa by Pierre Bonnard, 1915|
|Pierre Bonnard - L'atelier au mimosa, 1939|
Back to the artwork. I wanted a perfume that feels more like these two Pierre Bonnard paintings, found myself with something closer to the Kisling one and settled for the Pistoletto. I think I'd like it better as a candle.
Jo Malone- Mimosa & Cardamom ($65, 30ml) is available from most department stores and at Jo Malone boutiques. The sample for this review came free with a Nordstrom order.
* I'm one of those who think you can "dance about architecture".